Posted by: Ron DuBour | May 28, 2015

Nodding to Beowulf~by Paul F. Lenzi



Nodding to Beowulf


old monsters measure
the distance of fear
the heroic of heart
can be shaken in time
courage eaten by evil
who stridently bays
in a thundering voice
the poetic expression
of epithet sagas replete
with the terrors of
conscience projected
across generations in
oral tradition by firelight
found on low fens or
the high glacial ridges
of centuries marked by
the long lasting night
before medieval dawn

here did descendants
of Cain the behemoth
the ogre the firedrake
occupy mists of the mind
trampling men in their
naked mortality only
to find that one day
from their multitude
prey would arise a son
trembling with sword
standing taller than fear
invested by poets with
bravery spanning the
whole of his race all
the nations who yearned
to be other than victims
to tolerate no more of
monsters no longer
resigned to oppression

and thus did the singers
of sagas convey how
long suffered humanity
found its redemption
at hands of one man
standing taller than fear

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